It doesn't take much to exercise your supporting neck muscles, and they deserve it! Poor things have to hold up your head. Anyway, any little bit you do helps! Combined with McHenry chiropractic spinal manipulation, neck exercises really can keep your neck in a good place, no matter if you're an athlete or an office worker or a parent or grandparent. An exercise routine set for you, your disposition, and your functional impediments is critical and effective. (1)
Actually, a study of office workers demonstrates how a weekly session of one hour of strength training for neck and shoulder muscles decreased neck and right shoulder pain after 20 weeks in contrast to no training. They reported a decrease in work disability, too. (2) Think McHenry neck pain workers would like this?
Another report shows that combined cervical, scapulothoracic stretching and strengthening benefit pain relief after treatment and at follow up as well as enhanced function in the short and immediate term for chronic neck pain. Neck pain patients were also satisfied with their therapeutic exercise care. (3) You'll like ours, too!
Spinal manipulation and exercise perform better drugs for neck pain relief. All three were examined. At 12 weeks, 82% of spinal manipulation patients reported at least 50% reduced pain; 69% of medication group did. The pain scores at all follow up points were the same for spinal manipulation and exercise groups plus both reported more improved health and functioning, less disability and fewer adverse events than the medication group. (4) The home exercises focused on simple, gentle self-mobilization exercise of the neck and shoulder joints, including neck retraction, extension, flexion, rotation, lateral bending motions, and scapular retraction with no resistance. (5)
So if you have neck pain, contact your McHenry chiropractor at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic. We can work together for neck pain relief with simple exercises, suited to you.
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